An exciting and entertaining destination...this is PlayhouseSquare!

Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses anniversary tour!

Published February 20th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses anniversary tour!

spotlight_pattismith17.jpg

Patti Smith is coming to the State Theatre on March 12! Here’s a little more information about her anticipated performance. 

Horses, the landmark recording that continues to have resonance and relevance for today’s generations of musicians and artists, will be performed in its entirety by Rock Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith. Forty-plus years later, performance poet/visual artist Patti, will be joined by her original band members, Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty, plus bassist / keyboardist Tony Shanahan, who has been a part of her band for twenty years. Together they will celebrate the longevity and lasting influence of Horses, with their series of special shows centered around the album.

Known as the “Godmother of Punk”, Patti has paved the way for so many other female musicians joining rock and poetry into her songs. The album, Horses, has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of the American punk rock movement, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. This is a musical event that you won’t want to miss!

For more information about Patti Smith, click here to listen to the the Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross on NPR about her career and her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Steven Sebring photos from the Beacon

Photo credit: Steven Sebring

Go see legendary singer-songwriter, Patti Smith and Her Band perform Horses at the State Theatre on Sunday, March 12, 2017 8 p.m. Click here to buy your tickets now!

The magnificent Shen Yun returns!

Published January 31st, 2017 by | Comments Off on The magnificent Shen Yun returns!

Let Shen Yun take you on a magical journey February 4-5 at the State Theatre.

Click here for tickets

 “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.”-The New York Times

Shen Yun shared the beautiful world of China’s divine civilization. Classic Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dances, authentic costumes, and breathtaking backdrops will do the storytelling, all accompanies by an enchanting orchestral sound. It’s a stunning experience that will leave you amazed and inspired. This show captures the spirit of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly through regions, dynasties and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.

Photo credit: instagram.com/shenyunperformingarts

Its grand production astonishes global audiences with nearly 100 artists, 400 handmade costumes, and a live orchestra with Western and Chinese instruments. There are also stage props that help strengthen a dancer’s ability to convey intricate emotions. When used to maximum effect, they add to the dances an extra lively spark, forming stunning images of beauty and splendor onstage.

In recent years, Shen Yun dances have featured a range of unexpected props, each telling a story. Fluttering fans bloom like the petals of a delicate flower. Umbrellas twirl in refreshing drizzle. An embroidery hoop seamlessly accents a lady’s feminine grace. A well-bound book marks the learned scholar. A solitary Daoist journeys with a magical whisk. A long silk ribbon, dyed in rainbow hues, returns to the heavens as a fairy’s companion.While the young general Han Xin sports a Chinese sword known as baojian, Mulan’s warriors face enemies armed with shields and broadswords called dao. Archers train with drawn bows, and nothing radiates power like a formation of Tang dynasty men pounding their battle drums. The props, bright costumes and story-telling dances, paired with beautiful music are just a few of the elements that make this a must see show.

Find out why artists and theatergoers around the world are calling Shen Yun “breathtaking,”“mesmerizing,” “a miracle,” and “inspiring.” Allow yourself to be taken away to distant lands and ancient legends. Don’t miss Shen Yun and discover how you,too, can be inspired!

Photo credit: instagram.com/shenyunperformingarts

 

 

Shen Yun has become a highly anticipated show and many have become loyal fans. Are you one of those loyal fans?

Click here to test your show knowledge with some Shen Yun trivia.

 

 

 

 

Let it Be true! The sound of the Beatles comes to Cleveland.

Published January 17th, 2017 by | Comments Off on Let it Be true! The sound of the Beatles comes to Cleveland.

Jump in your Yellow Submarine and come to the State Theatre on Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. to witness the international sensation Let It Be. This show is jam-packed with over forty of The Beatles’ greatest hits. Click here to buy your tickets now!

Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

Not only will audiences experience an abbreviated version of the critically acclaimed show in the first half, but in the second half this brand new production will take audiences to the concert the iconic group would have given had they reformed on October 9, 1980, John Lennon’s 40th birthday.

You’ll hear Beatles’ classic hits such as Hard Day’s Night, Twist and Shout, Hey Jude and I Wanna Hold Your Hand as well as songs not covered in the original show, including Got to Get you Into My Life and Lady Madonna. The cast will also perform individual works from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr including My Sweet Lord, Live and Let Die, Imagine and many more.

Imagine a night that never happened, but which feels so surreal! Don’t miss this show!

How Much Do You Know About the Beatles?

Are you feeling brave? Try these Beatles Trivia questions and see how you measure up. There is an easy, medium and hard quiz.

Part 1 (Easy)

Part 2 (Medium)

Part 3 (Hard)

The Elvis Birthday Tribute Returns!

Published January 3rd, 2017 by | Comments Off on The Elvis Birthday Tribute Returns!

Light the candles and cut the cake! Join us Sunday, January 8 for the return of the Elvis Birthday Tribute.

ryanpeltonaselvis

Ryan Pelton as Elvis

elvis-shawn-klush

Shawn Klush as Elvis

elvis-cody-ray-slaughter

Cody Ray Slaughter as Elvis

 

 

This year’s Elvis Birthday Tribute stop will be its 17th consecutive year, performed on what would have been The King’s actual 81st birthday.

You will be treated to Elvis’ hits, with the tribute artists decked out in replicas of The King’s flashy wardrobe. This year’s line up features over two hours of live music starring two of the nation’s most critically-acclaimed Elvis re-creators, Shawn Klush, Ryan Pelton and Cody Ray Slaughter, each performing their entire tribute act. Joined by longtime Elvis back-up singers The Sweet Inspirations, Dove Award-winners and Elvis’ gospel family, The Blackwood Quartet and hosted by Elvis’ original drummer D.J. Fontana, who peppers the evening with intimate Elvis anecdotes. All three Elvis re-creators, Shawn, Ryan and Cody, come with impressive credentials, including rave reviews from those who personally worked with The King.

Shawn Klush has been acclaimed as the #1 Elvis performer in the country and was featured in the 1999 CBS-TV movie Shake Rattle & Roll. He was the winner of the Worldwide Elvis Competition and currently stars as “Elvis” in “Legends in Concert,” alternating in the show’s Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, Seattle and Myrtle Beach venues.

Ryan Pelton’s uncanny resemblance to Elvis was noticed as far back as his pre-teen years. Even in the Marine Corps, with his head shaved, the drill instructors nicknamed him “Elvis.” Ryan went on to become the “Worldwide Elvis Impersonator Champ, Year 2000” held in Memphis.

Andy Cody Ray Slaughter, who began at only age 13 impersonating Elvis, went on to win The People’s Choice Award at the Elvis Week 2008 as part of the Images of the King Competition.

Click here for your tickets to the birthday show!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns!

Published December 13th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns!

mannheim_1920x1080_cleveland

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas returns to Playhouse Square on Saturday, December 17 with music by Chip Davis. The show has been a favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 31st Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music.

did-you-know-about-dogs-weird-facts-about-dogs

1. Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.

2. Chip has developed a patent-pending music therapy system. Ambient Therapy combines music with natural sounds and is being used by Mayo Clinic, Wake Forest, Walter Reed and other medical facilities.

3. Mannheim Steamroller has transformed Halloween music just as it did with the sounds of Christmas. The band is the top selling Halloween artist today.

4. The Recording Industry Association of America has awarded 16 gold records, 7 platinum and 4 multi-platinum to Mannheim Steamroller.

5. The top-selling non-music product on the Mannheim Steamroller website is Cinnamon Hot Chocolate and the hottest selling ring tone for mobile phones is “Carol of the Bells”.

6. Mannheim Steamroller is the #1 Christmas music artist of all time, selling over 27 million albums which is the second highest Christmas artist to Elvis Presley.

7. The band’s name came from Mannheim, Germany where Mozart lived and is the name for an 18th century musical technique known as the crescendo.

8. Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums, outselling artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.

9. If you lined up all the CDs sold, they would stretch from New York to Los Angeles and then into the Pacific Ocean — more than 3000 miles!

10. Chip has created two traveling troupes for the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour to meet continuing popular demand even after 25 years. For more fun facts about Mannheim Steamroller click here.

Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and get your tickets now.

Yule love the holiday shows at Playhouse Square

Published December 7th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Yule love the holiday shows at Playhouse Square

Image result for holly leaf Why not treat yourself to a show? Image result for holly leaf

On Friday, Dec. 9 or Saturday, Dec. 10 go see the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: A CJO Christmasperforming their upcoming recording, “Have yourself a Swinging Jazzy Christmas”. They will be joined by exploding jazz star Nia Drummond at the Hanna Theatre. Get tickets here.

Sunday, Dec. 11, the  Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: Jingle Bell Matinee will be led by Paul Ferguson with guest Nia Drummond at the Hanna Theatre. Enjoy a family-friendly version of their celebrated holiday concert, featuring a shortened program, $10 tickets for all and the popular interactive instrument “petting zoo.” Get tickets here.

You can also catch the Straight No Chaser: 20th Anniversary Tour on Sunday, Dec. 11 in the State Theatre! This group captives the sound of ten unadulterated human voices that have come together to make extraordinary music which has moved people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. Get tickets here.

To help get you through the holiday hustle, enjoy Straight No Chaser’s “I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album” playlist.

Image result for holiday present clip art Visit playhousesquare.org for more show information. Image result for holiday present clip art

Get in the holiday spirit with the Dave Koz Christmas Tour!

Published November 7th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Get in the holiday spirit with the Dave Koz Christmas Tour!

Dave Koz returns to Playhouse Square Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. with some friends for his Christmas tour! Click here to get your tickets now.

davekoz_holidayblogpost2Nine-time Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson –will capture the magic of Christmas in the 19th anniversary edition of Koz’s holiday tour.

The irrepressible Jonathan Butler, an “alumnus” of the tour, has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields and recently released a new studio album entitled Free. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore has been hailed by The New York Times as a “modern soul man.”

Acclaimed vocalist Valerie Simpson co-wrote such classic hits such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” as half of the songwriting/performing/producing entity Ashford and Simpson.

It’s never to early to start listening to your favorite holiday music. Click on the playlist below and get excited for the holidays and the upcoming Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 at the State Theatre!

Get the Led Out rocks Cleveland!

Published September 28th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Get the Led Out rocks Cleveland!

gtlo-hampton-beach-april-2016

The State Theatre will be rocking on Saturday, October 15 when Get the Led Out takes the stage! This group of professional musicians are passionate about their love of the music of Led Zeppelin. It’s been their mission to bring the studio recordings of “the mighty Zep” to life on the big concert stage. This is not an impersonator act, but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to pay homage to one of the greatest bands in rock history!

You don’t want to miss this electrifying show. CLICK HERE to get your tickets now!

Like many musical groups, Led Zepplin has had an interesting journey to fame. We did some digging and found a few interesting facts about the band.

– Early on, Robert Plant attempted to buy a shirt he liked on Carnaby Street, and was asked for ID when he tried to pay with check. Without one, Plant retreated to his car and returned with a copy of Led Zeppelin’s first album as proof of his identity.

– Jimmy Page has said that their first album was recorded in 30 hours. The second album took more than eight months, largely because of non-stop touring.

knebworth79_promo_field1– Led Zeppelin II, like Zeppelin’s first album, used a vintage photograph for its cover-only this time with some key alterations. A graphic designer took a World War I-era photo that reportedly included the legendary Red Baron, then replaced the heads with those of Zeppelin band members.

– Jimmy Page didn’t always want to be a rock star. In fact, during an appearance on a 1957 episode of the U.K. children’s talent show On Your Own, a 13 year old Page said he wanted to grow up to work in biological research studying germs.

pandj-at-the-peakGet the Led Out wants to continue carrying the torch of Led Zepplin’s music. Although, you might notice that there are only 4 members of Led Zepplin, but 6 members of Get the Led Out. Their mission is to bring the studio recordings of Led Zeppelin to life in concert. In the studio, Led Zeppelin layered many guitars, vocals, keyboards, and various other instruments in a process known as “overdubbing.” Quite simply, it’s physically impossible for only 4 people to recreate those amazing recordings in a live performance. Zeppelin themselves never attempted replicating their recorded work in concert, as it would have required hiring additional musicians, and they just weren’t about that. Get The Led Out however, is ALL about that!

FUN FACT: Get the Led Out’s very own Paul Sinclair had the pleasure of lending his vocals to the pilot episode of the new Martin Scorsese – Mick Jagger produced HBO TV series Vinyl. The show is all about the record business in early 1970s New York.

Watch the video below to hear more from Get the Led Out!

Don’t miss your chance to see this show! Saturday, October 15 only! Get the Led Out!

Go Behind the Scenes with Celtic Thunder

Published August 25th, 2016 by | Comments Off on Go Behind the Scenes with Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder returns to Cleveland on August 31 with the Legacy tour. The group plays at the State Theatre at 8 p.m. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now!

 
Legacy features all new recordings from classic Irish folk songs and ballads such as “Danny Boy” and “Buachaille On Eirne” to the more contemporary hits “Falling Slowly” and “Ride On” and rousing anthems “Caledonia” and “Ireland’s Call”. Legacy finds Celtic Thunder soloists Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne reunited with guest artist Damian McGinty, an original member of Celtic Thunder who went on to win Fox’s “The Glee Project before landing a recurring role (as “Rory Flanagan”) in the hit series “Glee!” Legacy offers music lovers a wide variety of solo selections and fan favorites, all newly recorded to reflect the current cast. Backed by the amazing 8-piece Celtic Thunder band, it insures that Celtic Thunder Legacy has something special to offer everyone. Continuing their tradition of paying homage to the musical culture and traditions of Ireland, Celtic Thunder’s latest show is a depiction of both their musical footprint over the past 8 years, as well as their amazing heritage of Irish and Celtic music.

Watch this video to learn more about how musical director David Munro achieves that perfect Celtic Thunder harmony and sound.

Over the past eight years, Celtic Thunder has raised the bar for Irish music and theatrical productions worldwide. Since its inception, Celtic Thunder has thrilled audiences the world over with their signature vocal harmonies and ensemble productions. Celtic Thunder brings a new twist to an eclectic repertoire ranging from traditional Irish and folk music to adult contemporary, rock and classical crossover.

 
Don’t miss this show, Wednesday, August 31 at the State Theatre!

Inspiring Acts of Kindness at PlayhouseSquare

Published December 22nd, 2014 by | Comments Off on Inspiring Acts of Kindness at PlayhouseSquare

It”s the season of giving and it seems that no matter what you are celebrating, there is always a time to celebrate the gifts of giving and kindness. As we are nearing the end of a great year and beginning to reflect on all that it was, we wanted to share a story that seemed to reflect the spirit of the giving season.

Story courtesy of PlayhouseSquare cast member Jim Kraizel; written by cast member Kelsey Tomlinson.

It was Sunday afternoon, the last day Motown the Musical was in town, that Jim Kraizel found himself outside the State Theatre. Jim is one of our Group Services Account Executives, and he was greeting motor coaches that regularly shuttle groups to the theater.

The show was about to start, and one last motor coach pulled up and began to unload. A night at the theater is often a dressy affair, so imagine Jim’s surprise when amidst all these elegantly-clad theater-goers, a much more casually-dressed couple stepped off the bus.

As it turns out, this motor coach arrived so close to curtain because it had been lost! Circling around Tremont, it caught the attention of a couple taking an afternoon walk. They graciously online casino hopped on board and took it upon themselves to direct the motor coach to PlayhouseSquare, allowing all those people to make it to the show on time.

That’s an inspiring performance in and of itself, but there’s more to it! That couple taking a walk in Tremont was none other than Amo & Margy Judd. Not only are they season ticket holders, but Margy is a member of the PlayhouseSquare Board of Trustees. They were thrilled that the motor coach was headed to PlayhouseSquare, and wanted to ensure that everyone aboard had the best possible time in Cleveland.

Thank you, Margy and Amo Judd, for being excellent ambassadors for PlayhouseSquare and Cleveland. Your random act of kindness saved the day!

If you receive or witness an inspiring act of kindness within our theaters, be sure to post it on our Facebook page or tweet us at @PlayhouseSquare using the hashtag #InspiringPerformance.

About Us

A not-for-profit performing arts center that presents and produces a wide variety of performing arts, advances arts education and creates a destination that is a superior location for entertainment business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

Authors

'